The auto world was treated to a whole lot of wonders at the Detroit Auto Show and the all-new Honda Odyssey didn’t fail to impress with its new features like the slide-able seats, apps for each member of the family to control their experience and a new 10-speed transmission.
There is one thing that Honda missed out though. It seems that Honda had purposely left out the AWD setup for the 2018 Odyssey. This is especially odd since the Odyssey rides on the same Honda light-truck platform as the Pilot and Ridgeline pickup and we all know that the latter two comes with AWD as an option.
The Odyssey’s rival, the Toyota Sienna, sells about 15 percent of its models with the AWD option and it appears that the Sienna is the top-seller for 2015 and 2016.
This hasn’t changed Honda’s stand. The executive vice president of Honda, John Mendel, said that, “We looked at it, and one of the things we know is in order to put in all-wheel drive, we’re going to have to raise the vehicle and we’re going to compromise the interior. We really don’t want to do that.”
The automaker prefers to focus on its agile setup inside the minivan, instead. This allows an array of configurations of the middle seats and adds an edge over the Pacifica’s Stow ‘n Go foldaway seats. Mendel adds that folks who are dying for an AWD setup could turn toward the Pilot.
Expect to see the 2018 Honda Odyssey arriving to dealerships near you in spring!